Mindy McCready’s Son to Remain in Arkansas During Custody Battle

Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son will remain in foster care in Arkansas while a child custody battle is decided in a Florida court. McCready’s mother had legal custody of the child, Zander, in November when the singer took him from her mother’s house near Fort Myers, Fla. McCready and her son were later found in Arkansas. She wants Zander to stay in Arkansas, but the child’s father, Billy McKnight, wants him back in Florida where his legal guardians live. A representative for a state social services agency in Arkansas said the custody case should be transferred to Arkansas, where the child is attending school and seeing a therapist. In a ruling issued Wednesday (Feb. 22), a Florida judge decided to retain jurisdiction in the custody case while allowing Zander to remain in foster care in Arkansas until details can be worked out.